Webmaster Tools Domain Verification

Search Engine Optimization | Webmaster Tools

Google and Bing require you to verify your domain ownership to gain access to their webmaster tools. Webmaster tools provide you with additional information on your search traffic and suggestions for improvements.

Google Webmaster Tools

You'll need to verify your domain ownership when using Google Webmaster Tools. We recommend verifying the domain by creating a TXT record:

Step 1: Obtain TXT Record Value

  1. Login to Google Webmaster Tools
  2. Add Site
    1. If you have already added the site, click Manage property followed by Verify this property
    2. If you haven't already added the site, click Add a property
  3. Verify Site
    1. Choose Alternate Method
    2. Choose Domain Name Provider
    3. Select Other from the drop down
    4. Copy your TXT record value (ie. long string that starts with google-site-verification...)

Step 2: Create TXT Record
With the TXT value from Google, you can create the TXT record by following the steps below:

  1. Login to your Control Panel at https://www.misk.com/cp/
  2. Click on your Domain Name
  3. Under Essentials in the top area, Click DNS
  4. Click Add Record and select TXT
  5. Leave the Subdomain field blank
  6. Enter the TXT record value you copied from Google under Details
  7. Click Add

Step 3: Complete Verification
Go back to Google Webmaster Tools and click on the Verify button. If it doesn't verify right away (because of dns record caching by Google's servers), give it a few minutes and try again.

Reference Link: Google

Bing Webmaster Tools

You'll need to verify your domain ownership when using Bing Webmaster Tools. Bing webmaster tools are also used for Yahoo Search. We recommend verifying the domain by creating a CNAME record:

Step 1: Obtain CNAME Record Value

  1. Login to Bing Webmaster Tools
  2. Add Site
    1. If you have already added the site, click Verify Now to the right of the site
    2. If you haven't already added the site, enter your Domain in the textfield titled Add A Site, click Add, fill out the next form, then click Add
  3. Verify Site
    1. Go to Option 3: Add CNAME record to DNS
    2. Copy your CNAME record name (long string of letters/numbers)

Step 2: Create CNAME Record
With the CNAME record value from Bing, you can create the CNAME record by following the steps below:

  1. Login to your Control Panel at https://www.misk.com/cp/
  2. Click on your Domain Name
  3. Under Essentials in the top area, Click DNS
  4. Click Add Record and select CNAME
  5. Enter the CNAME name (long string of letters/numbers) from Bing as the Subdomain
  6. Enter verify.bing.com as the hostname under Details
  7. Click Add

Step 3: Complete Verification
Go back to Bing Webmaster Tools and click on the Verify button. If it doesn't verify right away (because of dns record caching by Bing's servers), give it a few minutes and try again.

Reference Link: Bing

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